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Virginia Slims Commercials


Published 1969


Compilation of Virginia Slims cigarette television commercials including "You've Come a Long Way Baby."


Audio/Visual sound, color

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View more information at Legacy Tobacco Documents Library

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Reviewer: guyburns - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2013
Subject: Australian remakes of American originals
In this review, 1968D refers to the ads at: http://archive.org/details/tobacco_ndo23e00

Four commercials are in this short collection:

“The good old days?” (idea copied from 1968D, 0.34, but with different actors and voiceover)

“Men were the masters” (idea copied from 1968D, 1.42)

“It used to be lady, you had no rights” (idea copied from 1968D, 2.34)

“You’ll have to make do with my mink” appears to be an Aussie original.

The first three are examples of where USA professionals make the copies look rather amateurish. The male Aussie narrator tries to copy the style of the USA narrator (a nasally sort of twang), but comes across as inferior. The same goes for the Aussie female narrator who sounds like she has a plum in her cheeks. Still good though.

The audio has occasional dropouts, and though the video is 720 x 480, overall it appears to be inferior in quality to 1968D (which is only 352 x 240).

If you want to see the Aussie copies, download this collection. But 1968D is a superior collection with a wider variety of ads and a more polished presentation.
Reviewer: Chris Keating - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2011
Subject: A rare example of Australian cinema advertising
This compile is of Australian-produced cinema commercials (with a TV version tacked on the end), as denoted by their being in colour - Australia didn't get full-time colour TV until 1975.

It's quite rare to find Aussie advertising content of this period on the 'Net - very glad to have come across these items!
Reviewer: bkenny - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2011
Subject: Liberation in order to put on mascara?
Am I missing something with all the mascara application? Is that what the Suffragettes were fighting for? I Agree with the other comment here. The ads exploit a legitimate social movement, just like almost all advertising. Great example of how far we haven't come yet!
Reviewer: cakalayjian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2010
Subject: Nice
Smoking's not a habit I would encourage, but I do quite like these ads, as much as they're appealing to the women's rights movements for their own gain. Advertising was nice was back when. :)
Reviewer: Terminal HK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2010
Subject: Brilliant
Absolutely brilliant. Advertising like this makes me want to smoke an entire carton. :-D
Reviewer: healthydog - - October 29, 2009
Subject: none
Virginia slims was just piggy backing on a legitimate social cause - women's rights and equality. Still a popular advertising gambit. Beware the current "greening" of advertising.
Reviewer: StarburstSpirit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2009
Subject: informative
It is amazing I grew up watching some of these ads and now in shock to remember just how stupid they were to begin with.
Reviewer: Dainius Blynas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2009
Subject: very good videos
very nice find is what i mean ;)
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